Monday, July 4, 2016

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s

At the end of July, Hachette Australia are thrilled to be publishing the newest historical non-fiction title from renowned historian Anne Sebba, Les Parisiennes. An incredible look at the female perspective on a tumultuous part of history, Les Parisiennes examines women's lives through the Occupation and then the Liberation of 1940s Paris. It was the women of Paris who ultimately came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis, and Anne Sebba delves into what this meant for their day-to-day lives. Examining the experiences of everyone from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, Sebba's fascinating cast of characters includes both native Parisian women and those living there temporarily – American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and fashion and jewellery designers. These women made life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed to survive.

Having read History at King's College London Anne Sebba has written eight works of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women, presented BBC radio documentaries, and is an accredited NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) lecturer. Her biography of the Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, That Woman, was a Sunday Times bestseller, and Sebba is perfectly placed to tug apart the threads of female experience throughout history and reveal to readers an unseen side of this significant time in Parisian history.

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